Monday, 31 January 2011

The Alphabet Paintings: B

The Alphabet Paintings from the Painting Friends forum continue..

with:  B is for....

Butterfly on a Buddleia Bush

Friday, 28 January 2011

Portrait Fun

On the Painting Friends forum I belong to, we currently have a Portrait Fun challenge going on.
I'm not that used to doing portraits, so elected to try this photo in one colour only. I used Burnt Sienna and this is what I produced.

Portrait Fun

photo from morguefile and the photographer is luisrock62

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Happy Days

Every time her daddy comes home from work, Missy is delighted.
Usually she races round like a young pup and fetches a toy for him to play with.
But this time, she jumped on a dining chair and had a fuss!
I quickly took the camera out  - and whilst these photos won't win any photography prizes - Missy looked so happy, I wanted to share them.

Do you have a pet who makes you happy?
Leave a comment and a link to a post about them - I'd love to come see them :)

Monday, 24 January 2011

After Morisot

Painting Like the Masters Challenge on the Painting Friends forum is this month  Berthe Morisot.

You can read all about her, here. 

Here is my watercolour version of her oil painting of a serving maid.

After Morisot

Friday, 21 January 2011

The Alphabet Paintings

On the Painting Friends forum, we have a challenge called Alphabet Soup.
First one up is to paint something - anything - which begins with an A
So here you go..
A is for Anchor

the photo I used as reference came from the wonderful free to use photo site for artists  Photos4Artists
Do feel free to come along to the forum  Painting Friends

Wednesday, 19 January 2011


We received a surprise in the mail!
It came from Nicola, who is the lady I painted "The Diamond Roxy" for.

Thank you so much Nic, we are thrilled to receive your gift :)

I'll help unwrap!

Yahoo! My favourite!

Mummy loves to look at beautiful pics

whilst I like to munch!

Go on, give me a treat

if I give a paw, can I have another, please?

Monday, 17 January 2011

Friday, 14 January 2011

App 3 & 4

Continuing with the dog painting, here is stage 3, painting the eyes, nose and mouth.

and stage four, painting in some shadows and colour around the muzzle.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

App 1 & 2

On the Painting Friends forum I frequent, we have a photograph posted each Friday, and those who wish to can join in and try to paint it.

So when a dog came up as a Friday Foto, I had to give it a go.

Here's the drawing : APP 1

and here's the background: APP 2

Monday, 10 January 2011

Friday, 7 January 2011

Owl 5 & 6

In both of these stages, I have painted some underglazes to the main body of the owl.
After these two are done, only the top washes remain to do.
So on Monday, you will see the finished painting.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Owl 3 & 4

I painted in a couple of slender tree trunks on the right of the painting, to suggest that the owl is coming out from a group of trees.
In the next stage, I have painted his eyes. They give me the feel for the character of the owl.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Owl 1 & 2

Today I'm showing you the first two stages of my new painting, which is an owl in flight.
Photo courtesy of my friend Lynne.

First is the drawing - and I have deliberately let the wings go out of the painting, to give it a different "feel"

Next comes the background, a mix of colours to suggest night is coming..

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